Skin care for our faces

As published in the Wagin Argus and The Williams.

Let’s get personal, back to basics.

How do you care for your face? Are you a soap and water person? Or do you have a full skin regime that you practice day and night?

Women and men’s skin care and cosmetic products are a big industry. In 2003, “The Economist” reported that it was part of a $160 billion-a-year global industry! I can only guess how that figure has jumped in this last decade.

A bit of history - one of the most famous skin care stories in history is Cleopatra’s milk baths. 18th century Americans believed that warm urine from young boys had beneficial properties to combat freckles. 

When considering your skin care regime, you need to have an understanding of your skin type – dry, normal, oily, combination – and any other factors that might influence your practice – such as eczema, acne, rosacea, extra sensitive skin, etc…

A standard skin care package includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Most packaging will tell you the skin type it is most suitable for. If you have problematic skin, you may need to do more research or see a Dermatologist. For some, there are other considerations, such as organic certified, not tested on animals, etc…

Start with a cleanser. Begin by wetting your face with tepid or warm water. Cold water will close your pores, limiting the effectiveness of the product. Use your fingertips to gently massage across the skin in circular movements. Then rinse off. Some beauty sites recommed wiping off with a flannel rather than just rinsing. 

Follow with a toner, whose job is to help the skin restore and repair itself. They will also wipe off any makeup residue. Most toners can be applied to the face using a cotton wipe.

Moisturizers main function is to hydrate the skin. Look for one that includes a SFP 15+ for day use.  Products that include anti-irritants and antioxidants will work to repair and strengthen the skin so it looks and acts younger.

If you are a soap and water person, look for soaps that are designed for use on the face and have a moisturizing property.  Foaming facial cleansers tend to be very popular as they have a refreshing feel once rinsed off. Non-foaming cleansers tend to be the mildest and can be wiped off instead.  

Whatever your skin care preferences, ensure you are wearing a SFP product on your face and neck during the day. That will have the biggest impact on sun damage to your skin.